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When Ousmane Dembele gave the record champion a basket



Ousmane Dembele, Matthias Sammer, FC Bayern Munich

Criticism of Bayern Munich’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic has been repeatedly voiced in recent weeks. One point: He simply slept through some transfers. But that also happened to his predecessors. Best example: Matthias Sammer and the collapsed Dembele deal.

Bayern Munich’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic is often criticized these days for his supposedly weak transfer policy. Players leave for free, for others contract negotiations culminate in a public mud fight, and yet others – such as Nico Schlotterbeck – do not even want to become the German industry leader.

But what you forget: Salihamidzic is not the first person responsible in the sporting area at the record champions, where not everything always goes perfectly according to the plan. Keywords: perspective and the ‘lack of appreciation’ that has so often been quoted in connection with Bavarian players.

“The way they cared about me and made me feel like I was important and they really wanted me convinced me,” said a 19-year-old Ousmane Dembele in the summer of 2016 after he had just been the best Young players in Ligue 1, excellent wingers, signed a contract with Borussia Dortmund and had given Bayern a basket in the process.

Bayern had no place for Dembele

Because even in the Isar metropolis, they would have liked to secure the qualities of the offensive man for 35 million euros, as the then CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said table football revealed: “I can confirm that we – like Barcelona – were interested. And we also spoke to the right agent.”

The fact that Dembele then decided for BVB was not only due to the possible lack of appreciation, but according to Rummenigge “also because he saw that we had a [Franck] Ribery, a [Arjen] Robben, a [Kingsley] Coman or a [Douglas] Costa plays – it gets tight then.”

By the way, the sports director at the time: Matthias Sammer. And Salihamidzic of all people could now make up for the transfer missed by his predecessor. Because Dembele’s contract with FC Barcelona, ​​which cost the French 140 million euros in 2017, expires in the summer – farewell not excluded.

“He’s tempted to leave Barcelona, ​​but we still hope he stays with us,” Barca boss Joan Laporta said recently. “He wants to stay but is very attracted to other offers that offer better conditions.”

Gnabry’s contract poker: Will Dembele come to Bayern as a replacement?

The Bavarians around Salihamidzic are said to have made such an offer – according to L’Equipe the record champion wants to make a salary of around 70 million euros for Dembele on a four-year contract. That money would also be available if Serge Gnabry did not extend his contract, which expires in 2023, and leave the club in the summer. How fitting that Real Madrid of all people should now show interest in him.

For Salihamidzic and Dembele, this could possibly close the circle soon – that’s all good that ends!?